But his own gaffe (and challenges with the English language) got in the way, ultimately derailing his candidacy.
On September 29, 2015, Rep. McCarthy, the number two man in the House Republican caucus, bragged live on-air that the Republicans' Benghazi investigation was a political, partisan attack designed to derail Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.
"Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" McCarthy told to Fox News' Sean Hannity. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought."
Exactly one month later, October 29, 2015, Congressman Paul Ryan was sworn in as Speaker of the House.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016.
"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump," McCarthy infamously said in recorded audio, referring to GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and then-candidate Donald Trump. Rohrabacher, a far right wing extremist, lost his House seat last month. Trump went on to become president.
And now, fast forward to today.
Rep. McCarthy, who will move from being the House Majority Leader to House Minority Leader in January, on Monday insisted that America has had enough of the Mueller investigation. He thinks illegal campaign donations, conspiring with a corrupt foreign power that attacked American democracy, and obstructing justice are just "too small" for America's citizens to be concerned about.
"I think America is too great of a nation to have such a small agenda," McCarthy warned House Democrats on Fox News Monday morning.
"I think there's other problems out there that we really should be focused upon," McCarthy insisted.
"Less [sic] see where we can work together," he continued. "Less [sic] move America forward."
"We've investigated this for a long period of time. Both sides have come up with nothing in the process, " he lied. "I think we should put the American people first."
McCarthy urges House Dems to not investigate Trump: "I think America is too great of a nation to have such a small agenda. I think there are other problems out there that we should be focused on... we've investigated this for a long time." pic.twitter.com/KIzC0VCQd7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 10, 2018
Far from coming "up with nothing in the process," Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has already produced (according to details from NPR) a conviction for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Also, guilty pleas from former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, former Trump campaign junior foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Also, guilty pleas from W. Samuel Patten, Alex van der Zwann, and Richardo Pinedo.
The Mueller investigation has also produced charges against former Manafort associate Konstantin Kilimnik, 12 Russian intelligence officers, 13 Russians, and three Russian entities.
Thanks to Vox's Aaron Rupar for posting the video.
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